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Watch: UFC 219’s Khabib Nurmagomedov Absolutely Destroying Rafael Dos Anjos Back In 2014

Ahead of his UFC 219 showdown with Edson Barboza this weekend, remind yourself of exactly how fearsome a fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov actually is.

Don’t let a slice of tiramisu cloud your memory of how good this guy is at what he does.

2014 was the year and long before Rafael dos Anjos thrashed Robbie Lawler to become the top-welterweight contender in the world, he was edging his way towards his eventual shot at the lightweight belt, a win over Anthony Pettis that would start a reign atop the division that many consider to be one of the most impressive of the modern era.

But Khabib Nurmagomedov proved to be an almighty speed-bump in that journey as he annihilated the Brazilian to win himself a unanimous decision victory in a performance as polished and ultimately brutal as any we have seen inside the UFC octagon in recent times.

Khabib’s grappling mastery was displayed at its finest throughout this matchup and when you consider how good Rafael dos Anjos went on to become and even the fact that at the time he was already a long-time BJJ black-belt in 2014, it just makes this so much more impressive.

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

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